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Do you think that “racial  classification” influences your daily  life a lot? (race matters?)                5……….4……….3………. .2. .……. .1…….0   Great influence                                   No influence Discussion 
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How do you define “a minority group”? (which one is correct?) A. A category of people who are a numerical  minority of the population B. A category of people who have unequal access  to positions of power, prestige, and wealth in a  society and who tend to be targets of prejudice  and discrimination.  The Minority Group
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Minority status is  NOT  based on numerical  representation in society. (It’s based on  social status)  Example:     Blacks in South Africa suffered      a numerical majority The Minority Group
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How do you know a person’s race ? Race (1)
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Race (2)
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Race is……. . (which one is correct?) a. biological classification b. social classification Race (3)
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Race: a category of people who are  believed to share distinct physical  characteristics that are deemed socially  significant -skin color, hair texture, facial features,  body shape and size…. The social construction of Race (1) 
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Racial categories are based more on  social definitions than on biological  differences Race as a social construction!!    The social construction of Race (2) 
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Evidences of race as a social construction 1. One-drop rule One drop of “Negroid” blood defined a  person as black  (Context: increasing the size of slave  population) The social construction of Race (3) 
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Thought experiments a. ½ of “Negroid” blood b. ¼ of “Negroid” blood c. 1/16 of “Negroid” blood d. inverse one-drop rule The social construction of Race (4) 
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Evidences of race as a social construction 2. The census categories 1960 =white/ nonwhite 1970 =white/ black/ “other” 1990 =white/ black/ American Indian, Aleut, or                  Eskimo/ Asian or Pacific Islander 2000 =white/ black or African American/ American                Indian or Alaska Native/ Asian/ Native                Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander   The social construction of Race (5) 
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Evidences of race as a social construction 3. Anthropologists  Gradations of distinctions among human populations
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This note was uploaded on 11/16/2011 for the course 920 103 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Rutgers.

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